Happy New Year! The 2019 ball is about to be dropped, but here at Grooming Lounge, we haven't dropped the ball. With the help of founder, Mike Gilman, we’ve come up with your top 15 easy-to-keep New Year’s grooming resolutions. You're welcome! You’ll see that a little bit of effort goes a long way, and with good grooming habits come instant results. Hell, it’s much easier than quitting smoking or grinding in the gym. Stick to these New Year’s grooming resolutions and enjoy your most handsome year yet.
There’s nothing wrong with having a signature scent but don’t be afraid to switch things up if you’re in an olfactory rut. Instead, build a fragrance wardrobe with Grooming Lounge Our Best Smeller Cologne. Just a spritz of this classic cologne will leave you smelling clean and energized with Black Peppercorn, Bergamot, Leather and Creamy Vanilla. And she’ll award you bonus points for layering with Our Best Smeller Body Wash.
Always shave with a fresh blade. Feeling stingy? Consider switching to a safety/2x edge razor. Merkur Super Platinum Stainless Double-Edged Blades are the best fit for most safety razors as well as your wallet. They're cheaper than the multi-blade replacements, and with a little bit of practice, you'll benefit from a much closer shave.
Grooming Lounge founder, Mike Gilman suggests stepping up your grooming game with Mug Cleaner Face Wash. “No more using the same nasty bar of soap you just used to clean your rear-end. Treat your face right with a targeted facial cleanser that’ll improve the feel of your skin and every shave also.”
Exfoliate the top layer of skin cells with Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask. This natural formulation of Glycerin, Green Tea Extract, and Vitamin C is gentle enough to use on your sensitive skin. Sure your mug will look brighter and feel smoother, but exfoliating improves the efficacy of all your other grooming products allowing them to sink into your skin and go to work.
Wipes aren’t just for babies. These days you can use them to neatly apply sunscreen, tackle acne and of course to freshen your bum (just stick to the flushable variety). To clean up, we love Duke Cannon Cold Shower Cooling Field Towels. Made with Menthol, Aloe, and Jojoba these face and body towels cleanse and cool you down between showers.
Hydrate your skin daily preferably with a moisturizer that has added sunscreen. Lab Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15 is a non-greasy formula that will soothe your skin while protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays and premature aging. Consider sun protection one of the most important grooming resolutions to keep.
You can tackle your dandruff problem while still addressing your other hair issues. You don’t have to choose. Brickell Daily Strengthening Shampoo increases volume, banishes flakes and restores shine. And it smells minty fresh, not like those other foul-smelling dandruff shampoos.
Winter weather can be harsh on your lips. Make Grooming Lounge The Balm your go-to cold weather lip remedy. It hydrates and nourishes the delicate skin on your kisser with the perfect mash-up of hydrating organic ingredients like Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, and Beeswax. Swipe on and allow the refreshing peppermint flavor to perk your pucker.
It’s time to lose the nose hair. Mike Gilman agrees, “If your nose looks like a new year’s party favor when you sneeze, it’s time to get a trimmer or a professional nose waxing.” Whack those rogue hairs with Groom Mate Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer.
Treat that beard, urges Mike Gilman. “Growing a beard is easy – just stop shaving. But, maintaining it in a gentlemanly manner is essential. This can be done with the help of beard washes, beard lotions, some scissors, and a beard brush.” The Ultimate Beard Maintenance Kit will keep your facial fur in tip-top shape.
If you have oily skin, a toner can help balance the sebum production without being overly drying. You may not need to use it every single day, but for those times when you're mug feels extra slick, spritz Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Refreshing Shine Control Spray Toner. It works to control the shine and shrink pores without dehydrating your derm.
It’s time to lose the unibrow, “Eyebrows are referred to in the plural since every man is supposed to have a pair," says Gilman. It's always best to get your eyebrows cleaned up by a pro. However, if you decide to DIY, tweeze conservatively. You should never appear overly manscaped.
One of the easiest grooming resolutions to keep is ditching the deodorant made with that bead stuff. “Avoid using deodorants with potentially harmful ingredients – and instead go for a more natural product that’ll keep you stench and bad-stuff free.” Smell great all year long with “Our Greatest Pits” Deodorant.
Don’t be afraid to use hair product. Sure, it can be intimidating. With so many waxes, pomades, clays, and gels it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. Your barber can help you decide on the kind of hold and finish (shiny or matte) you’ll need to achieve maximum handsomeness. And if you’re looking for light control, Pete & Pedro Cream will help you tame your mane.
If you're rocking the same haircut since the day you graduated high school and gearing up to attend your ten, fifteen or even twenty-year reunion you are overdue for a style refresh. Times change and your look should too. Switching up your haircut can take years off your face, beef up thinning locks and even slim down a fuller face. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help to make this your most handsome year yet.